Town Hall: Advancing Business Women in Canada

DATE: November 9, 2020

TIME: 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm ET | 10:00 - 10:45 am PT

Welcome to Day 1 of WBE Canada’s 2020 Annual Conference: Supply Chain Innovation Decoded!

“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” ~ Chinese Proverb

2020 has been an on-going test for many businesses. As the challenges keep coming, forcing change that keeps evolving, businesses have been forced to forego plans long anticipated, pivot and even transform their organization. Supply chains have been disrupted, supplier diversity programs have been altered or put on hold while industries adapt overnight. New threats have left many fighting to survive, but new opportunities have also given many businesses a new way to thrive and succeed.

Day 1 of the conference is dedicated to critical conversations around how recent changes transformed supply chains and supplier diversity initiatives. We are bringing you information and inspiration designed to provide valuable insights, inspire action and accelerate progress.

We’ll kick things off with our Virtual Town Hall which will include not to be missed opening remarks and latest updates from WBE Canada Board Chair, President and other Canadian leaders as well as an important workshop to help you get the most out of this year’s event.

Sponsored by: Accenture


In order of appearance

  • Dora Silva-Bolanos, Chair of the Board of Directors, WBE Canada
  • Silvia Pencak, President, WBE Canada
  • The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development
  • The Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier, Nova Scotia
  • The Honourable Doug Ford, Premier, Ontario
  • The Honourable Brian Pallister, Premier, Manitoba
  • The Honourable Sonya Savage, Minister of Energy, Alberta
  • The Honourable Rebecca Schultz, Minister of Children Services, Alberta
  • The Honourable Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Ontario
  • The Honourable Jill Dunlop, Minister of Children and Women's Issues, Ontario


Dora Silva-Bolanos

Dora Silva-Bolanos

Dora Silva is a member of Accenture’s Global Supplier Inclusion and Sustainability team. In this role she is responsible for leading and promoting Accenture’s well-established efforts to maximize procurement opportunities with diverse businesses as suppliers and subcontractors within Canada and the US. Dora will also be responsible for growing Accenture’s Mentoring Program of diverse suppliers globally. The Diverse Supplier Development Program (DSDP) is currently operating in four geographies (US, Canada, UKI & South Africa).

Dora is a Chair of the Board of Directors with Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada). She has a multitude of experience in the areas of Supply Chain Management, Strategic Sourcing, Sourcing and Category Management and Supplier Diversity and Inclusion.

Silvia Pencak

Silvia Pencak

Silvia Pencak is the President of WBE Canada, a Canadian non-profit organization certifying women-owned businesses and opening the doors to corporate & government supply chains under supplier diversity programs across North America.

Silvia has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit and business environment, leading transformational projects and teams. She is regularly called a Juggernaut- accelerating the speed of change. Her diverse international background spearheading successful initiatives gives her a wealth of experience to lead supplier diversity to its next level to support Canadian women-owned businesses.

Silvia believes in the power of partnerships and is always open to building alliances that benefit all involved. She is passionate about making positive impact in her communities. She is a wife and mom to 2 teenage girls.